I’m an experienced psychologist with vast experience helping adults recover from past traumatic events: turning Trauma into Triumph:

“I help adults who are suffering in the present from past traumatic events.”

Traumatic life events may include:

Descendants of Holocaust survivors

Forced adoption or child separation

Natural disasters

Exposure to war

Workplace accidents or injuries

Childhood sexual abuse

School bullying

Growing up with family violence

Growing up with parents’ mental disorders

Unwanted sexual experiences

Caregivers who were emotionally cold,  punitive or critical

Growing up with alcohol or drug abuse in the family

Silver Linings
Silver Linings

Some ways I help adults

Learning breathing regulation

Learning how to down-regulate the autonomic nervous response

Dealing with known triggers

Dealing with flashbacks

Strategies to deal with insomnia

Identifying personal ‘early warning signs’

Alternatives to self-medicating with nicotine, alcohol or illicit drugs

Building confidence through self mastery

Skills to de-escalate suicide or self harm

Skills to release self limiting beliefs

Skills to nurture healthy relationships

EMDR to stimulate natural memory processing

Strategies to build self-compassion

Strategies to live a meaningful life

Individualised relapse prevention planning

Loss and Resilience
Loss and Resilience

 

emdr therapy

Ruth also offers specialist treatment (EMDR: Eye Movement De-Sensitisation and Re-Processing) for a range of conditions including trauma,  for suitable adult clients.

EMDR is a form of safe, non-invasive treatment. It engages the person’s brain, mind and body in activating the brain’s natural ability to form memories, and memory connections. This natural brain processing – and integration –  is also known as Adaptive Information Processing.

Find out more about EMDR Therapy

Injured workers – Helping you return to work or your best level of functioning

Help is available to recover from the impact of work related injuries, accidents  and work stress. Adverse workplace events such as accidents, workplace bullying or workplace sexual harassment may leave you unable to concentrate, distressed, fearful, or arguing with loved ones.

You may be dealing with physical pain or have lost your ability to physically, mentally or emotionally do important activities that did easily and pain free before the injury or event.

Worry or physical discomfort may be keeping you awake at night.

You may be drinking more than usual to cope with stress.

Back pain may leave you fearful of re-injury and you may have stopped doing things you want or need to do. You may find that even light activity seems to aggravate the pain or stiffness.

You may be feeling uncomfortable emotions like shame or irritability.

You may feel you have to ‘put on a mask’ that everything is ‘OK’.

We help you regain your optimal level of independence and rebuild confidence to manage your life and your work.

Persistent pain

Chronic or persistent pain is pain that persists after usual tissue healing occurs. Persistent pain is real.  It is not ‘in your head’.

Interestingly though, modern understandings about pain indicate that our brains are very much involved in the experience of pain.

Persistent pain can be treated.  We are experienced in treating persistent pain.  We help you reduce suffering and develop new strategies to manage the pain and return to living an active life, at your best, while also reducing reliance on pain medication.

Slowing down life's busy pace
Slowing down life’s busy pace

WorkCover eligibility

Injured workers may be eligible for psychology consultations under WorkCover at no cost to the injured worker.

To arrange a no-obligation, confidential brief phone consultation (5 – 10 minutes) contact me at ruth (@) wellbeingpsych.com or by SMS or phone (see contact details)

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